The NHS is looking for volunteers to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are your questions answered on the NHS Volunteer Army:
People in good health are being asked to join the national effort to ensure vulnerable people are safe and well at home and to support local services.
At least quarter of a million.
As many as 1.5 million vulnerable people across England have been instructed to “shield” themselves from society to ensure they do not get the virus. The volunteers will help ensure these people have vital supplies such as food and medicines.
They may also be asked to drive people to appointments or make regular phone calls to those in isolation.
These people are not intended to replace local schemes already set up to help the vulnerable, but to provide additional assistance to the NHS.
GPs, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, NHS 111 advisers and social care staff will all be able to request help for at-risk patients through a call centre run by the Royal Voluntary Service, who will match people who need help with volunteers who live near them.
Members of the public can sign up at goodsamapp.org/NHS
Last week Joe Anderson called on the people of Liverpool to sign up to support the city’s most vulnerable.
The volunteer hotline is 0151 233 3068. Key tasks identified will be for people to help deliver medication to those in self-isolation, or check in with neighbours. This phone line can also be used to volunteer for Liverpool Foodbanks who require lots of volunteers across the city.
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